Friday, 12 July 2013

Teeth Whitening Tips

Want the real truth about teeth whitening? The little things (and the big ones) you can do to get your teeth whiter, faster? We spoke with a dentist who shared these tips with us. And the bonus that comes with his advice is that not only can you make your teeth whiter and keep them that way, but you'll also have healthier teeth and gums...and better breath.
He told us that there are two primary ways your teeth change color: 

How you clean and maintain your teeth.
What you put into your mouth that interacts with your teeth.        

He gave us 6 essential teeth whitening success tips.
The 6 Most Important Tips For Keeping Teeth White For Life
  1. Recognize the foods that can stain your teeth. Cherries, blueberries, raspberries and soy sauce all can leave their mark on teeth.
  2. Be aware of the beverages that can discolor your teeth. Coffee, tea, wine can do their damage over time. Even beer can cause problems (it's acidic and attacks the enamel).
  3. Remember that some minerals are good for your health but can be bad for your teeth. Fluoride is considered good for your teeth, but if you ingest too much it can cause white spots on your teeth. Some mouthwashes with chloride can cause a yellowing of the teeth when used too frequently.
  4. Read the warning label on prescription medications that can change tooth color.
  5. Some antibiotics can affect your smile. Tetracycline, often given to teenagers for acne, can turn young teeth grey or yellow. Minocycline is known to cause a permanent bluish–gray stain in adults. There are even some over-the-counter antihistamines that can discolor teeth – read the warning label and ask your druggist.
  6. Smoking can really dim your smile. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco will, over time, stain your teeth darker.
  7. Oral care is good for your smile as well as your health. Brush often, with a good toothpaste. Clean your tongue to get rid of bacteria and freshen your breath. Floss and irrigate your teeth and gums to minimize the risk of gum disease. And make sure you visit your dentist for regular exams, x-rays and cleanings at least twice a year.